So now we’ll hear about how normal he was, wouldn’t hurt a fly, just your average kid who liked science and video games — and collected asault ammo by the bucketful:
CBS— Sources say investigators have found key evidence in dumpsters and trash bins outside of James Holmes’ apartment, including a shipping label from an internet ammunition store called BulkAmmo.com. Investigators also tell CBS News they have recovered a surveillance video of James Holmes picking up approximately 150 pounds of ammunition at a Federal Express outlet in Colorado.
They’ve interviewed a UPS driver who says Holmes had 90 packages delivered to his workplace on the University of Colorado medical campus. And sources say over the past several months, Holmes spent about $15,000 as he was putting together his deadly arsenal — guns, chemicals, explosives, and ammunition.
What’s scary is that is kind of normal, at least where I live and work. Which is deep in the heart of Texas, with a bunch of bright, mostly white, mostly male coworkers who grew up in suburbs, many still living at home. They’re almost universally inquisitive and quiet, hard to read, some are real nerdy. And an alarming number of them like to collect assault weapons and blast off boxes of ammo at local gun ranges like it’s some kind of fucking video game.
I understand, intellectually, that the odds of one of them being the next James Holmes are miniscule. But I have a bad, nervous feeling at work now, and every time I hear someone bragging about their goddamn home arsenol it makes me sick to my fucking stomach.